DJSpooky Creative Changemaker Talk – from Ice to Islands

Got a great event on September 6th. DJ Spooky Paul D Miller will be talking to us about his creative practice and global mission for change making. We also have a Deep Dive dinner with him post event – only 12 seats available – get in quick!

Paul D Miller (AKA DJ Spooky) is a composer, multimedia artist, editor and author. His trans-disciplinary approach to his creative practice, international profile and large following makes him a perfect agent for change. He is currently the first artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and is here in Sydney to discuss his latest, local collaboration, The Vanuatu Pacifica Project. This project will realise a Carbon Neutral creative residency program on the Island of Efate, Vanuatu. Paul is looking to spread the idea and for potential project partners, supporters, collaborators and friends to work with.

DJSpooky Creative Changemaker Talk - From Ice to IslandsPaul has collaborated across creative genres working with other artists such as Yoko Ono, orchestras, designers, programmers, film makers. He exhibits and performs globally and has been commissioned to develop work for many  Biennales and other arts festivals world wide. His talk and Q&A session will be entertaining, educational and a call to action. You will hear about some of his previous projects including his journeys to Antarctica and Nauru and the production of The Book of Ice and The Nauru Elegies

There are limited seats available at this event $10 students $15 general public per person.


We will also be hosting a Deep Dive Dinner with Paul post event $60 per person (tickets below). Funds raised will go toward providing infrastructure for a permaculture food forest to be developed on the Efate site of the Vanuatu Pacifica Project to feed staff and residencies in line with the Carbon Neutral goals of the project.

We are excited to be collaborating with Paul and look forward to seeing you at this event!

Selena and Kate



Interview with Steve Lawrence: the ‘grandfather of social enterprise’ in Australia

It is with sadness we report that Steve Lawrence has passed away after a long illness. He will be missed greatly and we extend our deepest sympathy to Steve’s family.

Steve Lawrence has been a mentor, an inspiration, and a guide to many of us who are involved in social enterprise and social innovation in Australia. This interview with Steve from the Centre for Social Impact is highly recommended.

“This is very special edition of Yakety Yak, featuring the man who many call ‘the grandfather of social enterprise’ in Australia – Steve Lawrence.

Some of Steve’s background and achievements are summarised in the usual Yakety Yak introduction below.

This Yakety Yak is special because Steve was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007. After years of treatment, Steve’s doctors recently told him that his time is short. At the suggestion of one of Steve’s close friends, we asked Steve whether he’d like to participate in an interview to capture and share some of his life’s stories and learnings, and Steve very graciously agreed. Filmed with some close colleagues and families in attendance, this video is the result.

Some of Steve’s friends also recently launched the Steve Lawrence Social Innovation Sub-Fund to further develop a number of initiatives Steve has been working on in recent years. If you’re someone who Steve’s helped or influenced over his decades of service to social outcomes, or just someone inspired by this video, please consider contributing.

You can read more about the fund here or jump straight to the Australian Communities Foundation website and contribute  here. (Enter the name of the sub-fund you wish to donate to and the amount you wish to donate without the dollar sign.)

Steve’s still a very busy man, but he’s kindly offered to try to respond to anyone’s questions if you have one. To ask a question – or make a comment – please visit our blog page here.

In the meantime, please enjoy the video. I hope you find Steve’s story as inspiring as I do.

Andrew Young

CEO, the Centre for Social Impact.”
Source: Centre for Social Impact

Thank-you Anthony Baxter from Google #sibsyd

Anthony Baxter from Google gave an awesome and inspiring talk about the work of Google’s Crisis Response Team and how we can all collaborate to help out during disasters.

We just wanted to thank Anthony for taking the time to share his ideas and experiences with us at Social Innovation Sydney Unconference last weekend.

You can find out more about Google’s  Crisis Response team and make contact with Anthony via Twitter @anthonybaxter.